Student and Graduate Testimonials
Here's what students and graduates are saying about WICHE's Student Exchange Programs
"I attended a track camp at NAU my freshman year of high school and fell in love with Flagstaff and Northern Arizona University. But my senior year, I had to face the reality that my parents couldn’t afford out-of-state tuition. I applied to NAU anyway, and was awarded a WUE scholarship. Thanks to WUE, my parents were able to send me to NAU. I found a major that I love and professors that I respect and admire. I've had the opportunity to attend conferences, deliver papers, apply for awards, and participate in funded research because of the amazing faculty at NAU. I am very grateful for WUE."
— Wendy, New Mexico resident, Class of 2011, Northern Arizona University, Philosophy
"The WUE tuition discount allowed me to consider studio art programs that were the best fit for me in regards to curriculum and location, and not just on the basis of their cost. The WUE program made my top choice affordable: I am now studying art in beautiful Bellingham…just the place I want to be! I am ever grateful for this opportunity. Thank you WICHE and Western Washington University! "
— Jasmine, Idaho resident, Class of 2014, Western Washington University, Studio Arts
"I always wanted to go to school in Washington, but when I looked into tuition costs, I was troubled and afraid I wouldn’t be able to afford it. Without a reduced tuition WUE award, I would have had to stay in Alaska and major in a subject that I was not passionate about. Fortunately, I was awarded WUE tuition at Central Washington University and it’s the perfect school for me. WICHE’s WUE program has helped make my dreams of becoming an art teacher a reality!"
— Alicia, Alaska resident, Class of 2014, Central Washington University, Art Education
"Without the reduced tuition I get through WUE, I'd probably end up with lower grades because of the extra work hours I'd need to do in order to pay for tuition. Thanks to WUE, my education is affordable and I can focus on my studies! "
— Charles, Colorado resident, Class of 2013, California Maritime Academy, Marine Transportation
"I’m studying Musical Theatre at Central Washington University. The theatre and performing have been my life since I was very small. When I visited CWU, I fell in love with the campus and Ellensburg; I didn't want to go anywhere else. I had my back-up plans, but luckily I didn't have to use them. My parents wouldn’t have been able to afford CWU without WUE, as my sister is also enrolled in a private college. Thanks to WUE, I am following my dreams and will get the chance to go to Europe for a month as part of my studies. Thank you!"
— Whitney, Oregon resident, Class of 2014, Central Washington University, Musical Theatre
"I’ll be the first member of my family to receive a college degree. Without the reduced tuition available through WUE, it would have cost over $100K to attend college. I have learned so much in my first semester at Central Washington University. I hold tremendous gratitude for the WUE program. WUE is a worthy investment; it's allowed me to improve my life, and I feel called to give back to the community in honor of the assistance extended to me. Thank you!"
— Kelsey, Oregon resident, Class of 2014, Central Washington University, Undeclared
"Serving as a Cadet at California Maritime Academy has been life-changing. My peers drive me to always 'do better' and I’ve gained hands-on experience, cruising through the Pacific Ocean on the school’s 500-foot training ship, The Golden Bear. Now in my senior year, I’m in charge of the Housing and Resident Life Program, serve as a leader in the Corps of Cadets, participate in the Gold Medal Leadership Program, and am president of the Student Body Association. I am grateful to WICHE; WUE has helped me reach my full potential and become more than prepared for life beyond college."
— Sean, Washington resident, Class of 2011, California Maritime Academy, Global Studies and Maritime Affairs
"I'm enrolled at California Maritime Academy as a Hawaii resident. Without WUE, I'd have to delay my college aspirations for one year to gain in-state residency. Out-of-state tuition rates are astronomical and I’m grateful to have received reduced tuition through WUE. Getting a college education is just too important to put on hold, and WUE made it affordable now!"
— Drew, Hawai'i resident, Class of 2012, California Maritime Academy, Maritime Transportation
"WUE is awesome. Without it, I would not be able to afford college. WUE has helped me achieve my dreams and further my education so that can pursue my international career goals."
— Jeffrey, Washington resident, Class of 2013, California Maritime Academy, Global Studies and International Affairs
"I’d always dreamed of attending college out of state. I wanted to get out of my comfort zone, explore, and redefine myself. When I came across Western Washington University, I knew it was the perfect place for me. I applied and was accepted, but was extremely nervous about how I would afford tuition, until I was offered WUE. It allowed me to pursue my education in a setting where I am surrounded by positive people, invigorating academics, and a breath-taking natural environment. I now work in admissions at WWU and see firsthand how WUE allows students like me the opportunity to dream big!"
— Jilian, Utah resident, Class of 2012, Western Washington University, Sociology and Elementary Education
"WUE made attending Central Washington University affordable and I wouldn't have been able to go there without it. I’m now enrolled in their Psychology and Sociology program and look forward to helping others after I graduate."
— Travis, Colorado resident, Class of 2013, Central Washington University, Psychology and Sociology
"There were very few programs in Montana that offered Writing as a major. The WUE program was a huge help and gave me an affordable out-of-state option. I plan to continue my studies in Washington. The WUE program has made my dream career in writing possible!"
— Mary, Montana resident, Class of 2014, Writing Specialization, Central Washington University, Writing Specialization
"Without reduced WUE tuition, I would not have been able to afford college. Thank you! "
— Desi, Nevada resident, Class of 2014, Central Washington University, Undecided
"The WUE program has significantly helped me with my goal of becoming a teacher and in continuing my education. I am now able to go to my school of choice without the stress of figuring out how to pay for the out-of-state tuition. WUE has given me the opportunity to experience living and learning in a different state and in a place where I feel I can learn the most. I really appreciate the help WUE has given me -- without it, I could not afford such an experience. Thank you very much! "
— Leslie, California resident, Class of 2014, Music Education, Central Washington University, Music Education
"I was born and raised in Alaska. After graduation from high school, I wanted to travel and study outside of my home state, but I was discouraged by the high out-of-state tuition rates. After hearing about WUE, I began to look at western universities outside of Alaska. I am now enrolled at Central Washington University and thoroughly enjoying my educational experience and involvement with the Central Equestrian Team. This would not have been possible without WUE. I am so thankful for the wonderful opportunity I was given, and for CWU's participation in WUE!"
— Mary, Alaska resident, Class of 2014, Biology, Central Washington University, Biology